This Week in History

January 31, 1940

The first Social Security check ever, totaling $22.54, is delivered by mail to Ida May Fuller of Ludlow, Vermont.

February 2, 1887

The first Groundhog Day, featuring Phil, the rodent meteorologist, is celebrated in Punxsutawney, Pennsylvania.

February 7, 1964

The Beatles arrive at New York’s Kennedy airport, greeted by 3,000 screaming fans, launching “Beatlemania” in the U.S.

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